I know I have a number of readers just across the border in North and North-East Texas. You folks might want to take note of a property scam that seems to be affecting your area in particular. TV station WFAA reports:
Hundreds of landowners in North Texas may have had their property stolen without their knowledge.
Investigators believe a massive fraud has taken place involving forged sales documents and fake buyers.
Daniel Ayala Sr. and Pedro Hererra signed over their properties for the sum of $10 on February 19, according to documents. Ayala's sons were understandably stunned to hear about it.
Daniel Ayala Sr. and Pedro Hererra have both been dead since 2003.
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By the time victims find out, their land has already been sold and valuable mineral rights stripped out.
"They've sold it. They've sold the mineral rights already. That's it," said real estate agent, Hidie Maldonado after viewing official documents.
It all happened within hours to land owned by Hector Macias. "All you need is a notary and a fake signature and they can take your property," he said.
Macias has been told it could take several months and thousands of dollars to get the lawful title to his properties back.
There's more at the link. I hope none of my North Texas readers are affected by this, but I suggest you check your property's title at once, just to make sure!
The rest of us would do well to keep a weather eye open, too. If this scam is operating in one place, sure as heck it'll show up elsewhere before long.